Rush county lawmakers announce area receives COVID-19 response funding

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Tuesday, May 5, 2020

STATEHOUSE (May 4, 2020) – Rushville recently received $250,000 in coronavirus relief to support rural Hoosiers, according to State Reps. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) and Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville).

"These much-needed funds will help local businesses during this unprecedented time," Saunders said. "I am looking forward to the community putting these dollars to good use to keep our local economy going."

The $250,000 will help Rushville fund its existing revolving loan program to help local businesses and create an expedited distribution system. According to Ziemke, 62 communities have received funding through the COVID-19 Response Program.

"It's great to see Rushville make use of state funding to help community businesses during this difficult situation," Ziemke said. "Our local business owners are assets to the area creating jobs, producing goods and offering much-needed services. These dollars will provide assistance to more of these key contributors to the community."

In March, Gov. Eric Holcomb issued Executive Order 20-05, which allowed the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs to redirect Community Development Block Grant funds to assist with COVID-19 needs. As a result, the COVID-19 Response Program was created to address the immediate impacts of the public health emergency on Indiana’s rural communities.

Visit in.gov/ocra for more information.

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State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) represents House District 54,
which includes Henry County and portions of Rush and Wayne counties.
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State Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) represents House District 55, which includes 
all of Fayette County and portions of Decatur, Franklin, Ripley and Rush counties.
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